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WEST JEFFERSON — A woman was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6 after a two-car collision on N.C. Highway 16, near Zaloo’s Canoes.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 in favor of dissolving the West Jefferson Board of Adjustments at its monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 5.

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ASHE COUNTY — Election Day for North Carolina’s 2018 midterm elections was Tuesday, Nov. 6, and voters continued turning out to the polls at each of Ashe County’s 17 precincts, as they had been since early voting began in mid-October.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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ASHE COUNTY — Unofficial midterm election results are in, and more than 61 percent of the registered Ashe County constituency turned out to the polls to cast their ballots on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6

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ASHE COUNTY — Polls are closed, unofficial midterm election results are rolling in, and the people have elected their local, state and federal representatives for the offices up for vote in midterm elections 2018.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held on Thursday, Nov. 1, where more than 130 charges were heard. Audrey M. Blevins, Garry F. Burns, Eleanor L. Copeland, Brian K. Dishman, Rickey L. Ellison, William H. Frye, Tyler T. Gilley, Richard W. Greer and Charles L. Hamm all had their cases…

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ASHE COUNTY — Work continues on the 16-mile, $154 million U.S. 221 widening project, according to the North Carolina Division of Highways.

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JEFFERSON — Mirroring the Charters of Freedom in Washington, D.C., the words of the United States Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights are etched in bronze, encased in brick and enshrined behind unbreakable glass for generations to come outside the Ashe County Courthouse.

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ASHE COUNTY — Precincts opened at 6:30 a.m. and will be open until 7:30 p.m. on this midterm Election Day Tuesday, November 6, 2018, according to Ashe County Board of Elections Director John Shepherd.

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TODD — A house in the Todd community is a total loss after a Nov. 5 evening fire that kept crews on scene for approximately five hours, according to Ashe County Fire Marshal Bob Davis.

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ASHE COUNTY — Energy assistance programs will soon be available to help keep Ashe County citizens warm during the upcoming winter months, said Ashe DSS Director Tracie Downer to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners during its Nov. 5 meeting.

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CRESTON — Sections of N.C. 88 West will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday through late November while the North Carolina Department of Transportation repairs slope failures along the highway, according to department officials.

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ASHE COUNTY — A wind advisory is in effect in Ashe County from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 until noon Saturday, Nov. 3, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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LANSING — The Lansing Board of Aldermen altered the town’s weekend noise ordinance during its regular meeting in town hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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ASHE COUNTY — One-stop early voting continues at the Ashe County Board of Elections office on the second floor of the county courthouse until Saturday, Nov. 3 ahead of Election Day, Nov. 6.

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JEFFERSON — Chainsaws reverberated off the pines at New River State Park Wagoner Access while park rangers blazed a new trail along the steep hillsides above the South Fork New River Oct. 25.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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RALEIGH – A Raleigh-based social welfare organization that has campaigned for Republican incumbent Rep. Jonathan Jordan and against his challenger Democrat Ray Russell is the subject of an illegal campaign spending complaint filed Oct. 18 by the Democratic Party of North Carolina.

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JEFFERSON — For the first time since receiving $15 million in grant money from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund, the Ashe County Board of Education met with Architect Larry Greene to discuss plans for the new Ashe County Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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HIGH COUNTRY —Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, giving High Country inhabitants an extra hour of sleep and a little more morning sunshine until next March.

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JEFFERSON — When Jessie R. Hubbard was arrested on Aug. 19 and charged with the murder of Diane Goss, he was also charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. According to court documents, when Hubbard was arrested he had a Marlin 22 caliber rifle, a Fox double barrel sho…

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that Oct. 30 will be known throughout the state as Weatherization Day.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held on Thursday, Oct. 25. Audrey M. Blevins, Brian K. Dishman, Destiny N. Freeman, Ariel L. A. Mead and Brian R. Spencer were among those who had their cases seen.

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JEFFERSON — There has been no update on the sidewalks and crosswalk on U.S. 221 in Jefferson since the last Jefferson Aldermen meeting Monday, Sept. 24. The aldermen approved the addition to Section E of the U.S. 221 project in the meeting.

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ASHE COUNTY — One-stop early voting is under way for 2018 midterm elections, providing Ashe County citizens an opportunity to register to vote and cast their ballot prior to Election Day at the board of elections office in the Ashe County Courthouse weekdays through Saturday, Nov. 3.

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WARRENSVILLE — Some 400 Ashe County Middle School students listened from the gym bleachers as incumbent Republican North Carolina House Representative Jonathan Jordan and Democratic challenger Ray Russell stood behind podiums at midcourt addressing student questions during an hour-long town-…

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WEST JEFFERSON — North Carolina Department of Transportation officials held a second meeting with Ashe motorists the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 18 to present two preliminary alternates for a proposed project to improve traffic flow along the South Jefferson Avenue section of U.S. 221 Busine…

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ASHE COUNTY — The North Carolina Mega Millions lottery has been a headline grabber in recent weeks, but the largest jackpot in United States history will do that.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators has named recent UNC Charlotte alumna Makayla Church the 2018 Student Teacher of the Year. Church received the award on Oct. 4 at the 36th Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum, “Celebrating Our Professional …

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held on Thursday, Oct. 18. Jerry D. Carpenter and Stephanie L. Hensley were among those who had their cases continued to later dates.

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Blue Ridge Energy line technicians worked Saturday, Oct. 20, night through Sunday morning to restore power for nearly 4,000 customers after high winds brought down trees and limbs, damaging power lines and breaking power poles, according to Blue Ridge Energy officials.

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JEFFERSON — Through a statewide grant, Ashe County has received the funding to hire a school social worker for the first time in more than a decade.

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HIGH COUNTRY — Winds whisked the High Country hillsides overnight Saturday, Oct. 20, downing trees, toppling power lines and sending linemen into the night to restore power.

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BANNER ELK — According to the Avery County Chamber of Commerce, on Sunday, "unfortunately, due to inclement weather and wind damage, organizers are having to cancel today's Woolly Worm Festival activities.

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JEFFERSON — Each year, Ashe County Schools offers guidance to new teachers in the system. In September, due to changes at the state level, ACS updated its Beginning Teacher Support Program.

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WEST JEFFERSON — High Country health professionals spoke on issues relating to health care during a forum sponsored by the Ashe County Democratic Party in the Ashe Services for Aging conference room at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.

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CRUMPLER — Republican United States House Representative for North Carolina’s 93rd District Virginia Foxx held a breakfast reception at Shatley Springs Restaurant at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County, along with 54 other North Carolina counties and more than 500 municipalities across the United States, has filed a legal complaint against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners announced during a press conf…

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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Commissioners announced it would continue the paid administrative leave of Ashe County Manager Sam Yearick through his contract ending Dec. 2, 2019, after a 54-minute closed executive session at the end of its regular meeting in the Ashe County Courthouse…

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ASHE COUNTY — The voter registration deadline for midterm elections was 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, but voters can still register and vote ahead of Election Day during the one-stop early voting period beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, according to the Ashe County Board of Elections.